If you’re anywhere in your mid 30s or younger, you’re probably familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, whether it’s from the 80s cartoon series, the live action films, the other cartoon series or even their other new cartoon series.
What you may not know is that before any of these on screen performances, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a comic book. A comic book that has been almost continuously published since 1984.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 is a hardcover collection published in 2012 by IDW that takes you all the way back to 1984 to show you the first 8 issues of the comic ever published. (Well, 7 issues and a Raphael spotlight “Micro-series”)
Did you know that the Ninja Turtles were originally a parody of Daredevil? Daredevil fights the Hand, the Turtles fight the Foot. Did you know Shredder died in his very first appearance? Between the issues, there are annotations by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird revealing these little tidbits and even more insight into the creation of the four green heroes.
Because this was written in 1984, some of the story will seem dated and the artwork is in black and white, which may be a turn off for some readers. But if you want a good story and some interesting background in the turtles and independently published comics, this beautiful collection is a must read.
Read it now before the new Michael Bay version shows up and changes turtles history again.
When you’re done with Volume 1, you can follow up with volumes 2-4.